Cancer is happening right now, which is why I'm taking part in a Race for Life 5k to raise money and save lives.
Lots of you may know my Dad got diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in October 2018. To some who have this cancer they call it the hidden blood cancer. So many cancers are now known about some are successfully treatable but not all. My Dads has no cure but with the power of research and medical trials they have discovered sometimes that Myeloma can be put into remission. My Dads currently having a really hurrendeous battle trying to kick his cancers butt. He's having chemotherapy it is very slowly kicking the cancer cells but he's going through sheer hell to fight it. Once the cancer cells are at a certain level it's the frightening time of stem cell transplant and pray it works.
My Dad has been in hospital lots with other troubles linked to his cancer if it's not infections it's reactions to medications or blood transfusions. The cancer care team at Southampton General Hospital are amazing and I can tell you now all money generated for cancer care is well spent and used in an amazing way. With out the Cancer care team my Dad wouldn't be here right now.
To see a loved one go through the pain and to watch their world be turned upside down because they are so ill is heart wrenching. I feel so helpless at times and wish I could do more then just be there to support my Dad.
We lost my uncle in 2017 to pancreatic cancer 2 weeks before I was due to do race for life for him. A very tough time it was doing it in memory of him instead of for him.
When I got told my Dad had cancer. It felt like my world came crashing down. Why my Dad? Why another member of my family with cancer?
The big anger bubble and all the questions that have since followed is just crazy.
If you read this far I'm sorry if I bored you.
So here you go.
The reason I'm doing Race For Life is to show I support Cancer Research UK because with out them a lot of people would not survive. With them the fight is on. Myeloma UK specialise in researching my Dad's type of cancer. The 2 research teams together are keeping my Dad going as they are great support.
This is my chance to do my bit to kick Cancers butt. Myself and my daughter 4 year old Lily will be doing the 5K mainly for my Dad but also for all the other people going through the cancer battle and to show support for families that help loved ones through it all.
1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Every single pound you donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking work, so please sponsor me